ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Typescript speech with a few small ink corrections and pencilled notes, delivered five days before the 1932 Presidential election, New York, N.Y. 3 November 1932. 12 pages, 11 x 8½ in., typed on twelve sheets of bond paper. -- Mimeograph speech, delivered 24 December 1943. 6 pages, folio, 14 x 77/8 in., on six sheets, stapled. Detailed report on events of the year mainly involving the war, with reference to the Teheran and Cairo conferences with Allied leaders, the appointment of Eisenhower as Supreme Allied Commander, etc. Together two items, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT'S COPIES.
The first speech was an important address at the close of the crucial 1932 Presidential campaign, delivered before a group of Republicans who had endorsed the Democratic candidate, believing "that a change in administration of this Government is necessary, that it is, in fact, indispensable to a restoration to normal conditions." Roosevelt states that "in this campaign," his "personal view...of the condition of need and distress in every part of the Union has brought home to me the deep conviction that in this crisis the national and not the partisan objective must prevail..." On page one, key passages are bracketed in pencil and a long vertical line includes the note "louder." Five days after this address, in spite of nagging doubts about his health, to the tune of "Happy Days are Here Again," Roosevelt and his Vice-President James Nance Garner won the electoral votes of 42 states and polled a full 57 of the popular vote.
Provenance: Eleanor Roosevelt, discovered in her desk at Val-Kill Cottage, 1962.